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India to celebrate Bangladesh Victory Day

India to celebrate Bangladesh Victory Day

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New Delhi: Indian government will hold a grand ceremony to celebrate Bangladesh’s Victory Day on December 16, the day on which Pakistan occupation forces formally surrendered in Dhaka after their defeat in the nine-month liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971.

Indian National Congress, the main opposition in parliament, will also hold a special programme on December 15 to mark the Day.

They will hold programme at Jawahar Bhawan near India gate where Congress President Sonia Gandhi will deliver keynote address. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will also address the gathering.

The government programmes will include culmination of the yearlong journey of the Victory Flame in New Delhi.

Video messages by Bangladesh Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque and freedom fighters were showcased during the inaugural session held on Sunday.

A defence ministry spokesperson said, "Cultural events such as Kalaripayattu, Gatka and Khukri dance performances, light and sound show, dog show, hot air ballooning have been planned to celebrate the programme.

War movies and a grand battle exhibition depicting major operations on the Eastern and Western Front of 1971 War will also be displayed.

Four of the most spectacular operations will be reconstructed as battle exhibitions displaying dioramas and models of PT-76 tanks mounted with cannons capturing Pakistani positions.